There's about to be an election
(pdf) in the British Parliament's second chamber, the House of Lords
. Not an election where the public can choose their lawmakers: that's still a matter of debate
. No, one of the 92 hereditary Lords has died, and those of his party colleagues that remain get to choose
another hereditary peer to take his place. So the election, in which only hereditary peers registered as Conservatives can stand, will be decided by the votes of the 47 Conservative hereditary peers still clinging to the twig. And just to make sure it's properly democratic - the vote is by proportional representation.
posted by athenian
on Feb 18, 2007 -